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Coconut oil for hair: good or bad?

So you’ve heard it, coconut oil has been crowned as one of the most beneficial and glorious oil for beauty purposes. Many people claim that it has saved their hair, made them shinier, healthier, encoureged hair growth.. and yet at the same time.. so many people saying that this oil has dried out the hair and led to a hairfall!

So where is the truth and how exactly coconut oil works for YOUR hair (or not?) ?

To begin with, coconut oil is so popular for haircare for a reason – it is the richest natural source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), special types of fatty acid with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that are very nourishing. It is especially high in the C12 chain of MCFAs, that we know as lauric acid.

Coconut oil’s properties allow it to penetrate hair in ways that other oils are not able to, which is why some people notice amazing results relatively quickly when using coconut oil for hair.

This is because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain structure, which reduces the protein loss for both undamaged and damaged hair.

However, coconut oil is not for every hair type!

The truth is that coconut oil CAN be extremely beneficial for hair, and it CAN be a bad choice for hair too (especially if you use it alone as a treatment). But not at the same time! Meaning – coconut is either good for your hair, either it is not, and that only depends on the TYPE OF YOUR HAIR.

As it helps the hair retain its natural protein, it can be helpful for those who lack enough natural protein in hair follicles.

Coconut oil works pretty well for those with soft, fine or medium thick (in diameter) hair. Its protein retention abilities will add body and volume to such hair types. And also minimize damage and breakage while combing and styling.

But if your hair is dry, stiff, brittle, or coarse (could be wavy or curly), then it’s better to give it a pass. With repeated use coconut oil may cause protein build up, making your hair further stiff, hard and less elastic. And less elasticity means more breakage when combing or styling. Also, your hair will be tangled and look dull.

These people may benefit more from other types of oil like argan, marula,jojoba oil or others.

Once you try it – you will know

So if you have tried using coconut oil alone, as a treatment, and noticed it was good for you – keep going! If not – now you know, that it’s just not for your hair type.

Coconut oil can be extremely versatile and beneficial for your hair, but it also can make your hair dry and brittle. Once you try – you will know!

The good news is that adding other oils can change how coconut oil affects hair. For instance, coconut oil doesn’t seem to make hair dry or brittle when combined with the monounsaturated fatty acids from olive oil or when mixed with argan or marula oil (both great for hair). 

So you don’t have to avoid coconut oil as an ingredient in all the products, just don’t use it alone if it doesn’t work for you.

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